Quarterbacks dominate the conversation after Week 1 of the NFL season while a place kicker puts his job at risk following a horror night with the boot.
Champs Start with a W
The NFL champion Kansas City Chiefs got their season underway with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans. While the battle between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson was always likely to be the deciding factor, the debut of Clyde Edwards-Helaire made for the biggest talking point. The rookie running back out of LSU looked right at home for his 138 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Dangerous on the ground and in the air, the Chiefs remain as $7.50 favourites to win Super Bowl LV.
Aaron Rodgers: Still Good
The Green Bay Packers traded up to select a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft – a pick Aaron Rodgers wasn’t particularly happy with. His response: 364 passing yards, 32 completions on 44 attemps, four touchdowns and a 127.5 passer rating. Most of his incomplete passes were throwaways rather than poor reads.
Rodgers led the Packers to a 43-34 win over the Minnesota Vikings and looked good doing it.
The rumors of Aaron Rodgers demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
— nick wright (@getnickwright) September 13, 2020
The Week 1 overreactions hailing him as the MVP are just that – overreactions. But if Rodgers keeps up this level for a few weeks, it won’t be long before Green Bay’s $33 in the Super Bowl Winner market take a tumble.
Cam Carrying The Ball
The New England Patriots are still dangerous with this version of Cam Newton at quarterback. He carried the ball 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins. Helped out plenty by Ryan Fitzpatrick’s three interceptions, the Patriots did what they always do to find a way to win and start the season strong. We’re going to get a much better idea of where the Pats are at in Week 2, though.
New England are $2.70 and +4 underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks.
Welcome To The NFL, Joe Burrow
You wouldn’t know Joe Burrow was a rookie playing in his first NFL game if you couldn’t read the name on his back. Cool, calm and collected, he scored the Cincinati Bengals only touchdown and appeared to have won them the game late too. Ending a drive that started on his own 18-yard line inside the final three minutes, Burrow drove the Bengals up the field before connecting with A.J. Green for the game-winner. However, pass interference took the touchdown away and forced the Bengals to kick a field goal to force overtime.
Randy Bullock missed it…
Burrow missed out on his chance to win it in OT.
He wasn’t perfect. Burrow had an interception and missed badly on a handful of passes. However, he left little doubt that he has a long future in this league and it won’t be long before he produces a game-winning play.
Gostkowski Gets Lucky
Stephen Gostkowski’s first game for the Tennesee Titans almost ended in horror as the former Patriots place kicker missed three field goals and an extra point for his side to trail the Denver Broncos late in the piece. Lucky for him, Ryan Tannehill and the Titans earned him one last chance. Gostkowski kicked the 31-yard field goal to secure the 16-14 win. Although, his job is far from secure after that performance with the boot.
NFL Against The Spread Standings
After Week 1
|Top 16||Bottom 16|
|Rams (1-0)||49ers (0-1)|
|Seahawks (1-0)||Buccaneers (0-1)|
|Cardinals (1-0)||Falcons (0-1)|
|Saints (1-0)||Panthers (0-1)|
|Packers (1-0)||Lions (0-1)|
|Bears (1-0)||Vikings (0-1)|
|Washington (1-0)||Eagles (0-1)|
|Broncos (1-0)||Cowboys (0-1)|
|Raiders (1-0)||Giants (0-1)|
|Chargers (1-0)||Colts (0-1)|
|Chiefs (1-0)||Texans (0-1)|
|Jaguars (1-0)||Titans (0-1)|
|Steelers (1-0)||Browns (0-1)|
|Ravens (1-0)||Bengals (0-1)|
|Bills (1-0)||Dolphins (0-1)|
|Patriots (1-0)||Jets (0-1)|